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New Vehicle Technology Tip: Airbags and Laminated Glass

Airbags are found all over vehicles and the automakers keep applying airbags throughout vehicles. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) are U.S. federal regulations that require automakers to manufacture safer vehicles.

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Airbags are found all over vehicles and the automakers keep applying airbags throughout vehicles. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) are U.S. federal regulations that require automakers to manufacture safer vehicles. Safer vehicles are accomplished by developing new technologies and optimizing current used safety features. For example, roof airbag curtains deploy from the roof rails to shield and protect occupants. With the new Occupant Ejection Mitigation standard curtain airbags are used in conjunction with laminated side glass to keep occupants inside the vehicle. Curtain airbags provide protection between the occupant and the window glass.

Rescuers are taught to peel and peek to find airbags hidden underneath the interior plastic trim. However, we need to understand multiple airbags and stored gas inflators are in many vehicles currently out on the road. A great example is the 2015 Ford Transit. The Transit has a side curtain airbag that is close to 17 feet long and uses two stored gas inflators, each 2 feet long.

Vehicles like station wagons and SUVs can have multiple airbags to cover occupants in the 3rd-row seats. The important takeaway, never assume locating the one stored gas inflator enables blind cutting on roof rails and pillars.
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Mike Smith, Absolute Rescue's Editor in Chief, is a veteran of the fire/rescue service in Michigan, who also works in the automotive industry as a designer. Have an idea of suggestion for the site? Contact Mike here

Heavy Rescue

Big Rig Technician Training (2/27/2020)

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue played host this week to firefighters from around North America for a three-day training conference on heavy vehicle rescues.

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Big Rig Technician Training (2/27/2020)

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue played host this week to firefighters from around North America for a three-day training conference on heavy vehicle rescues. A variety of rescue scenarios were in place at MDFR’s Urban Search & Rescue Training Facility in Kendall for the grand finale of the course on Thursday afternoon. Technical Rescue Technicians from fire departments as far away as Ontario, South Dakota and West Virginia participated in the exercises that required rescuing victims in unique traffic crash situations.

Pictures below from the Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Facebook Pages.

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Heavy Rescue

VA Spring Rescue Week

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I ran across some great pictures on the Big Vehicle Rescue Facebook Page from a training course. The 2019 Virginia Department of Fire Programs Spring Rescue Week was held at the VA Public Safety Training Center. Below are pictures from the vehicle rescue technician class. Thanks again to
John Burruss for allowing us to use his pictures. Make sure you follow his page!

Stabilization, Lifting, and Vehicle Relocation

The bus was captured with struts for stabilization. The black guard rails on school buses are strong points for struts tips for stabilization and lifting.

The bus was rolled off the car with two griphoists anchored to the duals on a semi-tractor while the Paratech gold struts chased the movement automatically with air extended the struts.

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Vehicle Extrication

Power Pole Stabilization

Here is a look at a unique extrication and stabilization that took place in Seattle, Washington.

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Here is a look at a unique extrication and stabilization that took place in Seattle, Washington. The first Facebook post is video from an area camera that captured the power pole falling on the vehicle.

Per the Seattle Fire Department’s Facebook page:

Seattle Fire’s Rescue 1 was called to a multi-company extrication with Boeing, South King, and Tukwila Fire. Over fifteen power lines were down and 1 patient trapped in a car. Using Rescue 1’s hydraulic-fusion struts, the only of their kind in the area, 1 patient was safely extricated and a total of 2 patients were transported with minor injuries to nearby hospitals.

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